Toffee and Sand...Just to Name a Few

Today's Social Justice class is a great example of how following the lead of our students can lead to enlightening discussions. While Ms. Lewis' class was learning about segregation and civil rights activist, Ruby Bridges, the topic of skin color arose. Questions like, "Why do we call skin white when it's not the same color as paper" and comments such as "that's not really black, it's a shade of brown" led to a thought provoking and spontaneous discussion about how skin color doesn't reflect the name it's given by society: black and white. An impromptu lesson followed, where the group decided to use paint colors to create a whole spectrum of skin tones- even coming up with toffee and sand as better descriptors for colors they created.